Day 20: A Childhood Anecdote
A story from my childhood? Hmmm…shall I tell you the one about when I fell in poop or the nicer story? In the spirit of thanks and giving I think I’ll tell you the nicer story. But I did fall in poop once- up to my armpits. It was not pleasant. I think I’ll save that story for another day.
Anyway…I don’t really know why this story popped in to my head the other day, but it’s a good one so I’ll share it. As you know, my sisters and I grew up dancing. It just so happens that there was another family of three girls about our same ages that grew up dancing with us. Our moms became friends and the six of us girls became friends over the years. We all really loved to dance and perform and would take any opportunity to do so. Our moms always supported us 100%.
So one summer we girls put together a program of sorts. In the program we each performed solo dance routines and then we would dance together. We decided to take our little program around. Our mom’s made some phone calls and arranged for us to perform at a bunch of nursing homes throughout Northern Utah and Idaho. We spent several weeks driving around to all these nursing homes putting on our little dance program. It was a lot of fun!
The finale of our program was always a routine set to patriotic music that involved streamers or capes or some other prop. We also signed part of the finale music (as in sign language.) It was always a great end to our program because there would usually be a veteran in the audience who would stand and put his hand over his heart during the song. Sometimes many of the others in the audience would follow suit. So our program always ended on a very patriotic and moving note.
One day, however, was extra special. Throughout the program there was an elderly woman sitting in the front row who was watching but didn’t seem as engaged as the other audience members. When we reached the finale (which was God Bless America) and started the sign language section this woman lit up, got a huge grin on her face and started to cry. Then she started to sign the words to God Bless America with us.
Turns out she was deaf and although she had been enjoying the program, she couldn’t hear the music we were dancing to. But when we started to sign, it surprised her and made her so happy. If you can imagine being deaf and in a nursing home — there wouldn’t much opportunity to communicate with the nurses or other patients via sign language. It could make a person feel very lonely.
I can only think how excited she must have been to be able to ‘connect’ to someone for one afternoon. It was such an amazing experience for all of us little girls to realize the impact that we’d had on this woman. We were so happy that we could make her day for that one afternoon. We left her with a gift- the American flag that we had used as a prop during our finale. She was so happy.
I think that experience will always stay with us girls. We always just wanted to have fun and dance and share that with anyone who would give us the time of day. It was so wonderful to use our program to make people happy. It turned out to be a great summer and we have always been grateful to our moms for setting it up for us and driving us around to all of the locations.
So that’s one of my childhood anecdotes! Here we are just before Thanksgiving and I realize I have so much to be thankful for. One thing I’m thankful for is any opportunity I have to help another person or make another person happy.
30 Days Hath November via So Fawned
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.